Replying to a question on whether Governors should resign in such cases, Naik said there has been a tradition in the country of "proactive resignation" by those appointed politically besides Governors, after change in government and the tradition should be respected.

"Traditions have an important place in political sphere which should be respected. Those appointed politically by governments, not only Governors, but others like Deputy Chairman and members of Planning Commission, tender their resignations voluntarily with the change of government and it is right to do so," he told reporters after assuming charge of the Governor.

However, on the sacking of Mizoram Governor Kamla Beniwal, he refused to comment, saying it was not appropriate to comment on the decision of the President.

The 80-year-old also said there was a need to form a permanent petroleum policy in the country and expressed confidence in the Narendra Modi government.

"When I was Petroleum Minister, the crude oil import was 70 percent which has gone up to 80 percent despite that we have domestic production. High consumption has increased the demand for oil and I am delighted to see that Rajasthan is now leading in oil production in the country,” he said.

"Refinery must be set up to save transport cost and to take maximum benefits of discovery of oil and its production here but what would be modalities is a separate issue," he said.

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